Cave Survey Projects

Briland Convict Spring Manatee Springs Old Bellamy Cave Peacock Springs Rose Sink Suwannee Blue Telford Spring White Ring Blue Hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The links to the left are some of the underwater cave surveys I've done or helped with over the years.  I owe a lot to the people who help with these projects, otherwise maps would never be made. 

I describe the way I have done things and some of my experiences.  As you read these, please keep in mind that these dives were done after I had acquired a good bit of experience and the judgment that goes with the experience.  I had 100 dives before I did any surveying work at all.  Looking back, I could have used a few more, with focus on the skills needed for surveying.  I had 200 swimming dives before I laid a hand on a scooter.  I thought it was more trouble than it was worth, so I logged another 70 dives before  I purchased one.  The only reason I got one was I needed a tool to get farther to continue a survey.  

The degree of commitment required to map a cave varies.  Suwannee Blue took one day to finish, although it was a four hour dive at a maximum depth of thirty feet.  Peacock III and Convict Spring took about a year to complete. Peacock I took almost five years to complete.  Others, like Old Bellamy with less than ideal conditions and seasonal variations, are open ended and could take decades to complete a map.

A lot of time is spent before and after the dive logging data and crunching numbers.  I generally estimate it requires 4 hours for every hour spent surveying to record the data and update the maps.

Survey Course Outline

 

A few of these maps can be purchased at area dive shops or directly from me at

the online store.